Bang on a Can All-Stars - Big Beautiful Dark and Scary

heard about it on tumblr, seems like a really cool concept

Hearing for the first time and I'm in awe.

The Jack Quartet playing Xenakis during the 2010 Marathon was the highlight for me.

Sometime around 2006 or 2007, I attended a performance by BoaC affiliates Alarm Will Sound at Dickinson University. It was in the midst of the group's year-long residency, and the program's grand finale was a piece where the ensemble, one member at a time, changed over from playing traditional instruments to pressing play on iPods and laptops sitting at their feet. One by one, they switched on and left the stage, until the piece - never losing the beat - was left to conclude via hauntingly thin digital tones piping through computer speakers. Impressive, intense.

Newbie.. but anyone that is revered by NPR is cool with me.

Heard about the group on NPR and wanted to hear the music. Thanks

heard about this on NPR, I've respected BoaC since I saw footage of them performing in an airport a few years ago

I heard of you from an NPR tweet. Sounds very interesting.

First heard about you at NPR today.

I read an article about Bang on a Can on NPR's website. I'm always looking for a fresh sound -- and I sure found it.

Read about this on NPR's music blog and wanted to check it out.

First heard of you on my friend's college radio station and then NPR! Looking forward to hearing more.

NPR music steered me to your album and I cannot wait to hear it.

I discovered your music on NPR. Thank goodness for NPR.

I love what these guys do -- I've never been in the right part of the country to see them but maybe yhos year is an excepton! Congrates on 25 years!

from evan ziporyn's tweet

When BOAC's version of Eno's Music for Airports hit my ear, I floated through daily life for a period of at least 2 weeks with all-day headphones on. Struck by a continuïng high level concentration. Wonderfull! This seems to be the perfect occasion to thank you for that. I will never forget it.

I attended a marathon a few years ago at the World Financial Center. Been following Bang on a Can ever since.

My father used to listen to you. Then I read about you (again) on NPR ... and I listened to a few clips. Awesome!

I was in NY for training and got to attend BOAC in 1990. I spent most of the day at the concert and was fortunate to be able to see Meredith Monk's performance. A special day!

Was introduced to Band on a Can while working for Sony Classical in the '90s. Here's to another great 25 years!

Heard from NPR's blog and interested in learning more.

My favourite ensemble

I heard about you through the Ecstatic Music Festival last year.

I read about you on the NPR website.

I heard about this through NPR.

npr music

enjoyed listening to you and Jim Svejda on KUSC. thanks for sharing your music.

Meeting and hearing you play at your festival. That's worth at least a thousand memories.

bang on a can is my favourite ensemble

Heard about on NPR

Heard about your album on the Sonic Youth bulletin board.

I've got a strong impression just listening to music on NPR and visited the site http://bangonacan.org/

Loved 'Music For Airports'...

an invitation by a friend

Sitting in the heavens watching BOAC at the Royal Albert Hall, late 90's. A good night. Sitting in my lounge listening to BOAC ever since. Many good nights.

I work with Mira Calix

I'll never forget when BoaC's Robert Black visited my music history class in college and showed me how cool and inventive new music could be. I had never imagined one could play the string bass with a mallet and still present a compelling performance, but he did it!

I love Bang On a Can

I do not have a memory - I was heading into Costso to get some stuff then i heard 'Failing', I was frozen in my car listening to this amazing piece of sound - I am involved in something called Winter Color Guard (www.wgi.org) and this piece would be wonderful to be staged by one of these type orginazations. Thanks for allowing me to hear this.

The first time I heard Bang On A Can was in 90's, thanks to the italian Festival Settembre Musica. It was a big shock and I thought "Here it is the future!". But since then, everytime I listen to them, concerts or albums, I think "here it is the future!"
Bang On A Can is always where the future is.

npr.org article

It is Ju PIng Song who give me the link!

Read about the new album on NPR's website, but been a fan for a while. Way to keep it real!

When I heard about BOAC I couldn't make out if it was a band,a festival, a reunion of famous former band... Now, I realize it is all of the above.

Watching a guy with long hair, a beard, granny glasses, and obviously a PhD playing electric guitar with studied attention.

I first heard Bang on a Can on their Steve Reich album. "Four Organs" was unsettling and irresistible. 12 years later, I finally have a live BoaC memory! Disney Hall in Los Angeles was alive with wonder, exploration, and yep, Steve Reich. Thanks for making my life richer and more beautiful.

heard it on NPR site Love IT!!!

I was an 18 year old jazz drumset student in Michigan. Part of my degree requirement was to study classical music for 2 semesters, so I decided to play vibes. my first semester, my teacher hands me a recording of Bresnick's "Songs of the Mouse People". From there, I found out about Bang on a Can. I'm now a classical musician in New York. Words can't describe how awesome this ensemble is.

A friend who's opinion I trust led me to this website. I hope I enjoy!

I learned about this Album on the NPR blog, Deceptive Cadence. Thanks!

I heard about this from my composition professor, Jay Batzner.

I learned about you from my dad!

As a young bassist, Robert Black's performance of "Failing" was one of the first recordings of solo double bass music that I heard. That Bang on a Can album inspired me to seek out new music early in my musical career.

First heard about Steve Reich when I was still in China in college about 7 years ago. When I come to BOS, I just happened to know about Bang on a Can, and yes! I went to the concerts the last year in MIT (all of them!) and was very exciting about everything! H5!~~

I remember one of the All-Stars first performances together at the Walter Reade Theater where they premiered the transcription Philip Glass made for them of one of his early (1960s) pieces.

I remember seeing Bang on a Can perform at Hartt, with an introductory speech by James Sellars. I loved that speech, and the whole show was awesome!

The first concert -- NYC, 4/12/94: Lick, Arapua, Rzewski #4, Hout, amongst others. A lot of “whats” follow me to London and back. What is a tube screamer? What, no anvil? What is a Boo-Bams-Bamboo tubular drum? Michael, David, Julie, Maya, Robert, Lisa, Steve, Mark, Evan, punks with brains, Stravinsky meets Sonic Youth. Thanks to you all, I hardly have the “whats” anymore, but rather “why nots?” Well done, these 25 years! xo Grace

Soundcheck/ WNYC

3 words: John Luther Adams

Grandpa Musicbuff tol' me abouch'all.

Just stumbled onto your site - It was so wonderful. I have lots of listening to do now.

My colleague directed me to this site. She bangs on a piano while I bang on the keys of a flute... Not as cool as banging on cans!

A friend recommended the album and I trust his ear more than most.

I heard about Bang on a Can on wnyc's new sounds. But I have enthusiastically followed the new music scene here for many years. The first year I moved here ad an Art student from a small town I got a job as usher at the Metropolitan Museum's series of live concerts. My favorite was the night Lukas Foss presented an experimental piece in the form of a game that the musicians played on stage. I was in the back when suddenly the composer was standing next to ME the Usher! Asking how it sounded from back there. I was so excited. This story illustrates many of the reasons why I am still interested in new music in NYC and in all sources who keep imagining new potentials!

A fan of many years (no story comes to mind)!

I heard that Bang on a Can was remaking Brian Eno's "Music for Airports". That sounded cool, but I didn't know the details. When I bought the cd, I read that the band had written out the music and played it live. That was an outstanding idea! That's when I knew that these folks were serious!

I stumbled upon the Trance cd and have been hooked since

Heard about you guys through my college's radio station; excited to give it a listen!

Heard from a friend.

big beautiful dispersed and fierce

Friend recommended this. I have no idea what I'm getting myself into and i hope the SPAM is worth it.

I heard about your album on NPR. (Excited about hearing it)

Exit Art, May 10 (?), 1987. Helped pick out the pianos, helped set up chairs, saw John Cage, Milton Babbitt, and Steve Reich in the same room, and conducted my piece. An unforgettable day and night. What amazing Vision by three great composers.

My son Sean

Someone else loves Eno!!and you demonstrate it wonderfully!!!

The BOAC Marathons, and later the All-Stars, provided an organized platform for the herd of cats that constitute the most interesting end of any unofficial music scene. This was all the more important because BOAC appeared just as Manhattan’s Downtown artist’s neighborhoods were receiving the final touches in their transformation into upscale shopping malls, and the increasingly conservative bent of American culture as a whole was beginning to dismantle the public support that had helped to fuel the alternative music boom of the 1980’s. BOAC helped build a well-timed bridge from yesterday’s Downtown towards today’s Brooklyn, redirecting and merging in some useful Uptown traffic along the way. And one nostalgic note about those early marathons – they meant that you no longer had to go to Europe to enjoy a beer in the presence of concert music.

Star Ledger

A few years ago, I bought Bang on a Can Classics and from there, I discovered Michael Gordon's haunting "Decasia"... Longue vie to your beautiful and scary "tunes".

Heard about your album on NPR

I've never heard you play live, but my first experience with "In C" was through a BoaC recording - thanks!

Seeing Maya play the cello against her own tracks was amazing

Loved watching Music For Airports live & looking forward to hearing this release & several pieces performed during the tour w/ Glenn Kotche.

how great to hear this on NPR...happy anniversary, and best wishes for many more!

Love the music. You guys are awesome.

Barbican

Heard about the link from Jim Svejda of KUSC. Love Music for Airports.

Too much music fits snugly into categories...long live music that doesn't!

I first listened to the piece Acoustic Aphasia from Lost Objects for a class over 20th Century music. I really enjoyed listening to and analyzing the piece and have been a fan since then.

I saw and heard you perform "Music for Airports," live, several years ago in Chicago. Magnificent and surreal to think of interpreting that piece in concert. Thank you!

Un placer poder encontrarme con este material
Gracias

Hearing the music on public radio and being amazed that people could *do* that.

I have met several of your musicians and have such great admiration for your ferocious abilities! Keep making that awesome music!

Heard about your album in a review in The Star-Ledger, a NJ newspaper.

I'll never forget the first time I heard "Music for Airports." It was my first introduction to the music of Brian Eno (I don't remember what rock I had apparently been under all those years) and the live version continues to ring in my ears.

The Star-Ledger

I have known about you for a while, but when Kronos played with you at the MIT marathon, I finally got to hear you live. I'm Production Director with Kronos.

Love your work!

I love the music, and one of these days I'll make it to a concert.

Heard about you from NPR Classical!

Just saw the All Stars, again, at UCSD. Wonderful Reich!

I just check your site out online periodically and surprise!
Thanks.

i heard about this album through tumblr. i follow the conductor of an orchestra, and i listened to one of the songs and i liked how it built on top of one another.

Your recordings of the works of Steve Reich are incomparable. Congrats on turning 25!

Will never forget the live performance of "Music for Airports" at UIUC!

I was introduced to Bang on a Can by Derek Johnson, but I found this on Facebook. Thank you!

a friend of mine told me: "It's gorgeous."

Found out through a friend. Very interested to check it out!

Saw you live and never stopped listening. 25 more please.

When Leo and I realized that whenever musicians listen to a new piece they hold their forehead in one hand and look down at the floor...

Heard you on NPR. How did I miss you all this time?

A just created memory: I listened to a cut from your new album on NPR and was mezmerized by the energy and melodic beat of your sound. Thanks BoaC; thanks NPR. I've just discovered some new (for me) and very toe-tapping beautiful music to add to my iPod collection. 65 and still learning new things every day!

Watching Phillip Glass live this summer at the Bang on a Can 24 hour marathon. I didn't last the whole day - but it was grand!

Blog of a friend

Always love the groups NPR Classical features. Looking forward to hearing this album.

My friend Dan stopped by for a visit after many years. We talked about music and I asked him what he was listening to these days. He played some Bang On A Can for us from his laptop. Aha!

I've always been very interested in your guys' music.

I hear about on the radio station KUSC FM Los Angeles, CA. My fav

Facebook

A guy came to my school and gave a lecture on your album "Lost Objects." Loved it.

Evan Ziporyn's recording of New York Counterpoint blew my mind when I first heard it in high school. It helped me realize that there's way more to clarinet literature than the C.M. von Weber pieces my band director kept throwing at me to learn. Thank you!

Saw a friend's post about this on facebook.

It's all the buzz on facebook...

I heard about the concert on the Barbican website and would like to share this music with my students and experimental music and sound colleagues at ASU's New College, Phoenix, USA.

My memory is of a CD years ago with Robert Black (?) performing a piece talking aloud and playing bass simultaneously. A good friend linked me to this via Facebook.

Heard about this through the ISB on fb.

I had been aware of Bang on a Can for a while, but got even more excited about the group and the music after seeing Robert Black perform solo at the International Society of Bassists convention in San Francisco. Inspiring!

My cousin : )

I've heard of your work in the past, but hadn't paid much attention until reading about you today on NPR's Deceptive Cadence. Enjoyable and groovy!

It was at your performance in Richmond, Va. some years ago that I realized "In C" is one of the great American symphonies.

A friend sent me your link.

I am on the e-Blast list of Lincoln Center's Great Performances. But I have heard BOAC a few times, and actually own a couple of CDs. This is a great promotion!

The first time I attended a marathon concert at Winter Garden and stayed for 3 or 4 hours in the evening--beautiful sounds, eclectic groups of exotic instruments--it was very eye-opening. Thank you!

everyone is talking about it on facebook....:-p

Always looking for some records to play on the radio at night ...

Great music played with passion by people with open minds!

Star Ledger review

I am a former Hartt student and know Bang on a Can because of Robert Black!

found out on facebook - nice thing to do for 25 year celebration!

My mother calls me into the living room – she says there’s music that sounds like the stuff I like on TV. It’s a documentary about New York composers and when I come in the scene is the All Stars rehearsing Cheating Lying Stealing in some funky Manhattan loft. There’s a little
mezzanine-ish room stuck halfway up one wall in the apartment. The music and the space are really, really cool.

Later I meet Lisa Moore and Martin Bresnick at the Australian Youth Orchestra summer camp, and they are cool too. I randomly find a copy
of Weather in a CD store in Innsbruck. I order a copy of the Cheating Lying Stealing disc on this newfangled thing called Amazon. I attend the very first Banglewood and make up my mind that I too will move to
New York and make really cool music. Fast forward, and I am at a party with all the wonderful people I now make music with. Look up, it’s that funny little room halfway up the wall. It’s David Lang’s loft. I’m in the room that started the whole thing, but on the other side. Cool.

I only saw you once, here in the Hague last year. You guys rocked!

I was banging on this can and someone was like, "pfft, that's already been done." I was like, "nuh-uh, by who then?" And they were like, "Bang On A Can" and I was like, "I was!" Sheesh.

Heard of BOAC via many different channels.

A really cool friend told me to listen.

Marathons at the Winter Garden. Always surprising.

Many thanks. Looking forward to hearing the double album

Still remembering Attacca Ensemble's fantastic performance in the Russion Orthodox church in Amsterdam.. Their Facebook page brought me to this website..

Heard about the album download via NPR Classical! Thanks

Heard it on the radio. Thanks much!

Heard about you for many years in WNYC through the work of John Schaeffer

No memories, but congrats on 25!

First heard about you through my college aged daughter years ago. So glad I did. Keep making music.

My life has been changed so many times by Bang on a Can that I can barely keep track. There was first hearing Trance in 2000, like a line drawn in the sand, and Phil Kline’s Exquisite Corpses on New Sounds Live a few months later. (I was driving and the radio reception was very spotty, so I pulled over in a good spot to listen to the rest of the piece, my brain exploding with delighted puzzlement.) There was meeting Julie, and hearing My Beautiful Scream at Cabrillo in 2004, and hearing Michael’s Decasia later that fall—a deafening manifesto filling St. Ann’s Warehouse, on what would turn out to be one of the most pivotal nights of my life because of the people I met. There was hearing Reich’s Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ at Banglewood in 2005, played transcendentally by many new friends. There was The Passing Measures and The Little Match Girl Passion. There was Thou Shalt!/Thou Shalt Not!. There was Fuel. There was Lost Objects and Shelter. There was meeting so many of the great friends and collaborators I still work with today—Eileen, Missy, Judd, Todd, Ken, Ted, Caleb—through Bang on a Can events and connections. There was having a model in Bang on a Can that gave so many of us the courage to start our own ensembles and organizations, and to work with a close-knit group of like-minded composers and performers. There was feeling like you were not the only weird one, and that—at last—you could do your own thing, and that would be just fine.

I met Evan a few years ago. Wonderful man and GREAT music! ^__^

Just hope you'll stay for another 25!

When I lived near NYC I had the chance to see them a few times and just saw them in Los Angeles. Great show!

A good relative advised me to dowload the lovely album. And so I did, thnaks a lot!

Listening to Michael Gordon's Industry for the first time, realizing just how naked a piece could be.

I'll never forgot the first time I heard a recording of Evan Ziporyn playing 'Tsmindao Ghmerto' about 5 years ago. It was stunning. Ever since then I've not been able to think about bass clarinet the same way again.

I read about your album on the NPR Deceptive Cadence site. I am interested since my daughter is a music major (harp) at ASU and has me listening to all kinds of new music!

As a dancer and choreographer I have always been inspired by the multitude of adventurous directions BOAC has explored. For me these trips into a variety of genres and artistic points of view have reminded me that I must always strive to do the same in my own work if it is going to remain alive.

Just found you thru a Facebook friend.

I love this group! I read about the double album download on Facebook.

Taking in the entire marathon concert in 1991 with James Tenney providing me with a running commentary about the music.

You are an inspiration to all of us young composers! Thanks for pushing the boundaries in a refreshing way!

Always looking to expand my horizons, NPR's Deceptive Cadence has hooked me up.

Congratulations on 25th anniversary BOAC!
It was a Revolution and I was glad to be part of it!
Victoria Jordanova

on the radio BBC Radio 3 and maybe John Peel on BBC Radio1 the chaos of dischord and Eno and airports and your repetoire that stretchs back and forwards....

Norfolk summer concert ... late 90s, I recollect a Marty Bresnick trio, 2 sections of some big big work from Michael Gordon, I think, the finale was something I remember liking a lot but only remember that ... the composer was said to be "the bad boy of Brtain" and I don't know who that may have been, it was someone I hadn't heard of and haven't heard of again as far as I know. uh... anyway I remember thinking at the conclusion of this concert that a sort of "school" had been ... manifested. it was an impressive evening. and I'm sorry if I forget what all else was on the program, it's been a long time. In fact this was the first BOACAS concert I attended.

I didn't know anything about Bang on a Can until I was looking for a job and came across an opening at a record label on Craigslist. I met Kenny at the 2010 Marathon, had a interview a week later, and have been happily running Cantaloupe Music ever since. ( :

Bang On A Can was my first introduction to Terry Riley's In C!

I made sketches during the Steve Reich concert at Walt Disney concert last week. It was a great show, something I'd been looking forward to for quite a while, and I got most of the band and Steve to autograph my drawing afterwards.

Too many to choose from.

My memory is seeing BOAC perform Terry Riley's In C at the Winter Garden (Financial Center, NYC). I found out later that was the performance that was recorded. I worked for Eliot Feld's dance company at the time, which is how I became a fan of BOAC. Mr. Feld was at the performance also, and told me some of the history of that great piece of music.

Are You Experienced? in tuba studio class.

Your show at Disney Hall this month w LAPhil was bringsownthehouse wonderful!!!!

on FB

Just read about you on NPR.org. Ready to listen to some great music and become a fan!

"...I thought, who are these wise-ass kids who with one bass-drum kicked the whole history of American music down the stairs and up to the heavens in a single whirl of a bull-roarer.. "yeah I know" said 21st century, "we'd been waiting..."

alvin curran

I heard about Bang on a Can on WKCR-FM in New York.

bang on a can is the new frontier of today's music

No memories....just heard for the first time - NPR posted to my FB page. Terrific stuff! Just goes to show that modern music can be and have that most elusive of qualities these days...FUN!

NPR!

Your performances have always, and always will, inspire me.

My brother had a compact disc only store and carried Bang on a Can cds.

student composer, haven't had chance to see boac live... yet!

i love your music, you give a reason to contemporary music to survive

I'm an independent musician and your projects always impress me. I attended the marathon in nyc in 2010, and saw you in dc last year for the all-Reich programme. I hope to see the whole gang again soon. Also, performing at the marathon is a goal I've set for myself, in part because of how appealing you've made the contemporary classical music community seem.

I first heard of BOAC because of the music of Steve Reich. I am still hooked. Also love the recording of In C by Terry Riley.

I discovered BOAC on eMusic through "Renegade Heaven". It really made me pay closer attention to 21st century music. Thanks!

A friend gave me your CD of Riley's "In C" and I thought it was great! Keep experimenting!!

a music magazine or a colleague, can't remember... and recently, Facebook reminded me about this ensemble ! thanks !

oh, i don't remember how i found you, but you're so f**n cool =)

Heard from BoaC through Attacca Ensemble. This Dutch ensemble is specialized in singing and performing contemporary and minimal music. In March this year we will sing David Lang's most beautiful Little Match Girl Passion. So now I definitely like to get involved in more of your music!!

You played at my college years ago! I've been a fan ever since.

When you first started, I would go with John Cage to your concerts in the East Village. Bang on a Can is defined in the dictionary of my mind as "a furnace of new music."

through facebook

Sandusky Register

when first discovering experimental music, i stumbled across BOAC's version of Eno's Music for Airports and was very moved. Thanks for this new project.

NPR turned me on to you.

listening for the first time

a good friend said i had to listen...i did..she was right...she always is.

don't have one but read about your group Star Ledger

Twitterz

Sorry, I don't have a real story or any memories as I just learned about you last night on KGNU Boulder/Denver radio. Thought it was Bithchin'! Gracias.

NPR gave you rave reviews! Can't wait to hear the album!

Saw you play about a year ago but have been buying your CDs for years. Not a memory but I'm obviously a fan!

My mum got me into the all-stars. She's one cool mum.

BOAC is simply legendary. Props on turning 25!

heard through Evan

A friend mentioned BOAC at work

no memory just curious c/o npr.org

NPR.

Having enjoyed Eno's Music for Airports since the 80's, I was so excited and impressed to hear BoaC's cover! Before buying the whole thing for myself, I had heard a story on it on NPR…which is where I learned about this download…can't wait to hear it! ☺

This will be the first time I've heard Bang on a Can so the memories have yet to be uploaded.

Lucky enough to have performed at the 2001 and 2007 Marathons. Most vivid memory of seeing Schick and All-Stars playing Cheating, Lying, Stealing! Etched in my mind forever!

It’s sitting at the picnic tables outside at Mass MoCA drinking wine, eating grilled chicken and listening to new sounds with Terry Riley or whoever the guest composer was wandering around, and Bang On A Can’s live performance of In C, which I liked better than the original record.

I heard the All-Stars in PDX play Eno's Music for Airports....loved the piece, love David/Michael/Julia's music!
Cheers,
ron

I learned about BOAC when I tried to search about musical projects of Mr. Ziporyn's beyond his experimental gamelan. My first introduction was the Music for Airport album, a rendition that I think adds more subtlety to Eno's already brilliant music. I'm quite sure that some Javanese melodic accent has been embedded somewhere in Part 4 in the BOAC's version. Or perhaps it's just my ears. :)

a friend told me

I've known about you for a long time but have not yet had the pleasure of hearing you live.

I'm looking forward to it.

Still in love with Music for Airports

the BoaC marathon!

emuser.org.

Saw you live for the first time in Shanghai, at the James Cohan Gallery, in 2009. Great show, and afterwards some of you joined some of us for drinks at Jenny's Bar on Donghu Lu. A wonderful evening!

I remember playing at the very first Bang on a Can Concert at Exit Art in 1987: I performed John Zorn's "Road Runner" and Lois V Vierk's "Manhattan Cascade," and it was a thrilling experience to have these heard alongside so many other wonderful works. I also remember that when Michael Gordon called me about playing, I had just come off a couple of unfortunate experiences with theatre where I had been stiffed and I casually mentioned that it's usual to have a contract. It's something that Michael still reminds me of occasionally and good-naturedly, which I appreciate. I remember Mary Ellen Child's "Click" for three sets of claves from another year, and the Jack Quartet's stunning realization of a Xenakis quartet and the fabulous Dutch percussion group (name?) from 2 years ago, doing an intriguing and brilliant piece with chalkboard. The memories go on and on...Mazel Tov! 25 more!

In Philly, me front row with a wicked flu, all y'all with the Wilco guy. Amazing night.

Bang on a can with eighth blackbird playing Reich’s Double Sextet at the London Barbican in 2011. Something I will never forget.

I saw Bang on a Can for the first time with Steve Reich last Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

I had my first date with a girl I soon fell in love with at the 2008 Bang on a Can marathon. The fact that she not only agreed to join me, but stuck around until 5am... it was a special night.

a great group!! congrads!
- GP

I have seen you perform in Berkeley, CA, at CAL Performances. It is time for you to return, past time. Thanks for doing this - great idea to make your music more available.

The first time we heard the All-Stars was at Mass MoCA - I think it was Ben Katchor's Copy Cat Building. A friend visiting from NY got us comp tickets because, coincidentally, her business partner is married to Mark Stewart. Our son was on a hiatus from conservatory and joined us --his musical path forever altered when the first ever BOAC Summer Institute was announced from the stage. We're grateful he took us along into this world of new music, which has expanded our musical tastes and provided plenty of exciting performances.

I remember first hearing about BOAC when I was an undergraduate composer at UC Santa Barbara. I (we) couldn't name one composer in the group and being 3,000 miles away across the country had NO IDEA what any of the music sounded like, but like Composers in Red Sneakers in Boston (which started 5 years earlier) it didn't seem to matter. Somehow the *name* itself told the story: "We're composers outside the box. We're young, hip, and don't give a rat's ass about Carnegie Hall or the NYPhil (or BSO). We have the same 'DIY' ethos as The Ramones, and compose the music we want to."
Like Sneakers, BOAC was immediately embraced by and inspired young student composers a continent away, even though we hadn't heard a single not.
That means something.

I went to school with a couple of you, I keep track over the years, reading about it in the NYT and so forth.

I heard about this album through Evan, with whom I'm familiar via Gamelan Galak Tika. (:

Winter Marathon, NYC, 10 years ago... I was a student and the experience was the beginning of a new path for me. Thank you.

Someone I follow on twitter retweeted a tweet about it.

un concert au Luxembourg avec Iva Bittova ...
enthousiasmant !
euphorisant !
...

Thanks for the gift!

From the dubious joy of facebook...

The first time I encountered Bang on a Can was in 2002 when I listened to a Mixed Tape. A friend put "Cheating, Lying, Stealing" on the tape corresponding to parts of "Neuromancer", a 'Hoerspiel' made from William Gibson's novel, music and text fit wonderfully.

Consequently I got both, 'Classics' and the Hoerspiel & have followed Bang on a Can ever since.

Stephan (Munich)

i'm stiudent of music

I had received (and I think reviewed at the time) the first 2 BOAC cds from C.R.I... this site was recommended by a musician friend. (from Italy, best)

Bang on a Can's all-day marathon in Philadelphia -- wave after wave of great performances!! It was so cool to sit and just be immersed in music all day -- I hope to experience another one!

Received an e-mail from bang a can.

thanks for the gift
vive la MUSIQUE!!!

I mostly know about Bang on a Can by reputation - I heard about this album on Soundnotion - looking forward to checking it out!

Robert Black is my friend

hartstikke mooi, jongens. . . ga zo door ! ! !